Quick Takes: Tougher Oversight of NY For-Profits, Fault Line Could Force Campus to Move, $4B Drive for Cornell, Hibbing Athletes Charged in Rape, Convict Loses Admissions Suit, Fulbright Scholars Issue Reports, IRS Ruling for Stanford, Open U. Opens Wider

October 25, 2006
  • The New York State Board of Regents has encouraged completion of work on a series of new rules to toughen oversight of for-profit colleges. The rules changes follow complaints that the state failed to prevent fraud and abuse by some institutions.
  • Contra Costa College is studying whether it needs to relocate its 85-acre campus because it is bisected by California's Hayward fault, The Contra Costa Times reported. Retrofitting buildings is another possibility, but both options are likely to be expensive.
  • Cornell University will formally announce tomorrow that it is joining several other institutions in fund-raising campaigns in the $4 billion range. Since September 29, four other universities have announced campaigns with goals of at least $3 billion.
  • Minnesota authorities have charged four current or former football players at Hibbing Community College with raping a local high school student, the Associated Press reported. The students facing charges have denied wrongdoing, with two of them saying that their interaction with the high school student -- who is 18 -- was consensual.
  • A state judge has upheld the right of the University of Alaska at Anchorage to deny a convicted murderer who has completed his sentence admission to a social work program, The Anchorage Daily News reported.
  • A group of Fulbright New Century Scholars -- experts on higher education around the world -- issued papers in Paris Tuesday calling for broader efforts to promote access, quality and appropriate regulation in higher education.
  • The Internal Revenue Service has released a ruling allowing Stanford University to invest certain charitable trusts along with the larger university endowment. The ruling -- similar to one obtained only by Harvard University but by no other college -- is seen as likely to encourage more trusts to be set up to benefit Stanford.
  • Britain's Open University today formally begins its effort to put its course materials and other content online for all the world to use. With its effort, OpenLearn, which is expected to cost $10.6 million and is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the university joins Massachusetts Institute of Technology and institutions in several other countries in trying to put tools for learning within the reach of otherwise difficult to reach populations.
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